While many men and women practice diligent skin care and sun protection on their face, they often forget about the neck, which is one of the first areas to experience noticeable aging. Sagging skin and vertical banding develop quickly, often making an individual look much older than they are. Neck lift surgery is performed for patients looking to restore a smoother, younger-looking contour.
Neck Lift Candidates
Individuals who are dissatisfied with sagging skin and vertical banding on the neck and jawline may be candidates for a neck lift. Neck lift surgery is most often performed alongside a facelift to maintain balance and harmony between the features. Candidates have realistic expectations of their results, are in good overall health, and do not smoke. During the consultation, Dr. Patronella will examine the extent of skin laxity as well as your medical history to see if you may be a candidate for neck lift surgery.
Neck Lift Procedure
Neck lift surgery addresses both the top layer of skin as well as the deep tissues. Incisions for this procedure begins in the hairline near the sideburn and runs down and around the ear, finishing at the scalp behind the ear. Through these incisions, the underlying tissues are repositioned and tightened, and the excess skin is trimmed away before the incisions are closed with sutures.
A neck lift is almost always performed in combination with a facelift to target visible aging. These two techniques restore a youthful and balanced contour by reducing the appearance of skin and tissue laxity.
Non-surgical treatments like laser resurfacing and chemical peels improve the tone and texture of the skin so that the neck is not only smoother and tighter, but brighter and more even. These procedures can be performed alongside a neck lift and facelift or can be completed ahead of time for individuals who may wish to postpone the need for surgical enhancement.
Some patients have localized pockets of fat on the neck that contribute to a double-chin. Liposuction can be performed in combination with a lift to sculpt and trim the circumference of the neck. With this procedure, fat is suctioned out through small incisions and permanently removed.